July 15, 2022
Don’t step on a Bee! Sounds like sane advice, but did you know it’s also a day of recognizing the incredible impact that bees play on our ecosystem? There are roughly 4,000 bee species in North America and about 20,000 around the globe that pollinate everything from flowers to vegetables. In fact, bees pollinate approximately one in every three bites of food you eat, which makes them essential to the health and prosperity of countless ecosystems worldwide. Crops such as apples, cranberries, and broccoli all rely on bees. Fruits like blueberries and cherries are 90% dependent on honeybee pollination, as are almonds. To pollinate the roughly 1.2 million acres of almond trees, the California almond industry needs about 1.8 million bees.
However, one in four species of bees are facing extinction. From fungus to pesticides, bees are facing rapidly declining numbers. In the US, the honeybee population has declined 60% since 1947.
This year, Vitalia Senior Residences at Strongsville is celebrating “Don’t Step On A Bee Day” by utilizing locally sourced melters honey, orange blossom honey and bee pollen in our sweet tea & honey-brined chicken, honey-glazed cornbread, and honey-glazed carrots on July 10th.
Melters honey is a byproduct of melting and refining the beeswax. It has been through the wax melter, hence the name. So, this honey has been heated for an extended period. That is why it is very dark and low in moisture. It resembles caramel and toffee, with a slight burnt after-taste. I acquired all the honey produce I will be using from Gardeners Bees.
I’ve long held a passion for bees, a passion I continue to enjoy in my free time. I could not imagine what the world would be like without the help of these tiniest of pollinators. I’m in the process of setting up Carniolan honeybee hives around my new home.
By recognizing this holiday, we hope to bring awareness to this global issue and try to start a conversation about what we can all do to help reverse this trend and help build the bee population back to its pre-WWII levels. And while you’re at it, don’t step on a bee. We need them here.
VITALIA® Strongsville in Strongsville, OH offers independent living +, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include Finley’s Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located on Hwy 82, residents enjoy a wide range of shopping, dining, attractions, and health service, with a variety of green spaces.
November 25, 2022
As we come to close out another year. I look back to see how far we have come as individuals and as a team. I am grateful to be able to call the team at Strongsville my family. Every time a challenge has come our way, we have always worked together to conquer it. Throughout […]
November 11, 2022
When considering senior living, the Veterans Administration offers a pension potentially available to war era veterans and surviving spouses called Aid & Attendance. This information may not be easy to understand. Below is a snapshot of how this benefit may be useful to you or a loved one. The pension is a reimbursement to help […]